I listened to one short story after another, and then went back and listened to some of them again.
Joe Hill is a wonderful and creative writer. I then learned that he is Stephen King's son, but his talent is his own.
mother, wife, artist
Not as good as I was hoping, I much prefered his first novel, but not bad for passing the time around halloween, but warning to the buyer, not all of the "ghosts" in this book are spooks, and that can be a little misleading...
This was a BIG disappointment, not even close to "Heart-Shaped Box." Many of the stories seem like ramblings in someone's journal - very little structure. None was spooky, scary, creepy (insert your anticipated gost-story adjective here).
The reader makes this audiobook painful to get through. He overacts the parts like crazy. He takes whispered parts literally, causing a lot of volume adjustments while driving. I kept waiting for him to blow his nose or otherwise get over his nasal congestion. It never happened! As a result, his diction is terrible. "B" words start with an "m" sound. (Cows were "mauling." Context suggested that they may have been "bawling" but I can't be sure.) End-of-word "t"s are accomplished with a throat closing rather than tongue and roof of the mouth. And he has an overall lazy approach to making words distinct. "At least" sounds like "aleast". You get the picture.
Some customers evidently enjoyed this book, based on the collective rating (3.5+ at this writing). MY recommendation is to use your credit for something else.
I love Joe Hill. I read the description for this book on at least 5 separate occasions but never had a good feeling about it. I'm not really crazy about short stories and these just didn't keep my attention. I wouldn't say it was bad overall, just not my style.
I hear ya
This takes two or more hearings... could be the story, could be the narrator but, pay close attention listener because these are not ordinary ghost stories. You cannot predict these endings nor who/what is the real bad guy around the next corner.
Joe Hill has a little special something scary for every listener.
Would like to sit Joe Hill down for a face to face to get alternate ENDINGS on some of these shorts. We know he has them.
I have read everything else that Joe Hill has written and enjoyed them, and I like short stories. But I was disappointed in this book. Several of the stories just ended, and I was left wondering what happened. Also, there are very few ghost stories, which was also disappointing, given the title.
While listening to the different stories in this collection I would fine my mind somewhere else. Every once in a while I would pick up on a good part and think, "ok, cool, now it's getting good!" Seemed like then it would end and I would be left with a feeling like "huh"? I have read most of Joe's books and have enjoyed each and every one of them. This one? Not so much. I agree with another poster about the music coming in between the different novellas, - but when it happened in between chapters of some as well it was a bit weird. I think Joe does much better writing novels and if you begin listening to him with this book, please don't give up. His other works are so much better.
I will listen to Joe Hill when his new books are published, without a doubt.
Yes, narrator was fine.
No, I'm sorry.
Made me think.
The button boy story was absolutely phenomenal. A great story in an excellent story. I really enjoyed the whole book, some stories more than others but that one was my absolute favorite.
The narrator sounded like he had a cold or something. He had a bit of a whiny voice in some parts.
I would highly recommend this book. I liked the way that each story was so very different than the one before it. It was a truly good read.
I love all of Joe Hill's other books this one was way to dark.
No and I like Stephen King ( Joe's Dad) Dean Kootz and others
Just more drawn out characters as he does in his other books but I'm sure it's tough with short stories.
Not sure as it is a series of short stories
Joe Hill is a great writer. This will not deter me from buying his next book
Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.
No, but that is because I don't typically read or listen to books multiple times, too much new stuff to move on to. But, I have recommended 20th Century Ghosts to multiple people now.
Tough one because each story is a bit unique. Not all the stories contain actual ghosts but I felt Joe Hill was trying to say that a ghost isn't necessarily an ethereal spirit walking the earth, there are many kinds of ghosts including those that dwell in our memories. Some of the stories are actually quite sweet and some quite creepy. I mean Peter Kilrue... yikes! But the ghost in the theater... awww...
No. I liked Mr. LeDoux overall but gave him 4 stars instead of 5 because he is a little light in the female voice category. I think with some refinement, Mr. LeDoux is a 5 star performer.
As I stated before, each story is a little bit different. Some are actually on the sweet side and some just horror story train wrecks on a one way stop to creepville. Having never read/listened to Joe Hill's work before I have to say I am highly impressed. You can see glimpses of his dad's style but at the same time make no mistake about it, Joe Hill is entirely his own man, his own writer. I am looking forward to delving into his novels next.